Even people with tiny hands can use the iPhone X 2021


One of Apple's biggest selling points for the new iPhone X is its gigantic screen — but for users with short fingers or small hands, that means actually being able to navigate the phone's 5.8-inch touch display could be a huge challenge.  

Apple built a solution for small-handed people out there called"reachability,"which was introduced to iOS along with the phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus in 2014. All users have to do is tap the home button twice, and the top of the open app moves further down the screen for easier navigation. 

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When the iPhone X was officially unveiled, however, there were concerns about how reachability would work without a physical home button. There were even rumors that the company was planning to eliminate the"reachability"feature entirely, which would likely have made the 5.8-inch screen a hard sell for everyone who grew accustomed to the reachability in previous generations of iPhones. 

Thankfully, a quick hands-on session with the iPhone X proves that the feature is still part of iOS. 

The screen is so much more accessible with reachability enabled.

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Reachability on the iPhone X is slightly different without the home button — and it might be even easier to use than it was before. Here's how:

Open Settings>General>Accessibility

Make sure"Reachability"is turned on. 

Open an app.

Swipe down on the gesture bar on bottom of the screen. That should bring the top of the display down to a more accessible spot. 

You can check out the process in this helpful video:

The size of the iPhone X's gorgeous new OLED display shouldn't scare off any potential buyers with size concerns with reachability still a key accessibility feature. People love big screens, so smartphone makers will be sure to include workarounds so everyone can use them easily, no matter the size of their hands. 

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